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New Website launched ‘Visual Commentary on Scripture’ to study the Bible

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A new $2 million web project launched by King’s College London is offering users a new way to visually digest biblical Scripture through the analyses of classic and contemporary works of art.

The United Kingdom-based public research university officially launched a website titled Visual Commentary on Scripture, a project that has been over a year in the making and was made possible by a donation from billionaire U.S.-based philanthropists Roberta and Howard Ahmanson.

The project, which aims to cover every book in the Christian Bible, uses works of historic and modern visual art that reflect messages found within passages of Scripture.

According to the project’s director, the VCS aims to make it easier for people to see the “bridge between the historic traditions of Christianity and the art world.”

“What we are seeing now, and I think it is a new moment in Christian history, more Protestant and Evangelical churches have a very strong desire of wanting to use a visual language in the mission,” King’s College professor of Christianity and the arts Ben Quash told.

“Visual language is a new kind of currency among young people who talk to each other all the time in visual language by sharing images on So churches who want to communicate the Gospel for young people who talk in images are having to take images seriously. I think that is very exciting because it means that there is a new opportunity to draw people into reading the Bible through using visual arts.”

Each passage of scripture included in the VCS will have three accompanying works of visual art that all relate to the biblical passage in question. Each painting associated with the scripture will have their own commentaries written by a select writer or author.

The commentaries of the paintings reflect on the historical perspective of the time period the artwork was completed as well as perspectives on the passages of Scripture they are associated with.

As of now, there are nearly 100 passages of scripture completed by the project, each with their own three paintings and accompanying reflections.

One example is the VCS exhibition of the “Sermon on the Mount,” which is accompanied by a 1481–1482 fresco by Italian painter Cosimo Roselli, a 1442 fresco by Italian painter Fra Angelico and a 1598 oil painting by Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder.

According to Quash, the goal is to have over 1,500 scripture exhibitions included in the project with about 240 being produced per year.

The shortest scriptural passage in the project currently is two verses long and the longest passage is three chapters.who joined King’s College London as its first professor of Christianity, that the goal to reach 1,500 exhibitions could take five years or more. But Quash believes the project will enable people to read the Bible in a new way.

“This is something that people wherever they are … they can engage with a short passage of Scripture and have their imagination kindled by the works of art and be stimulated to come into the presence of the biblical text through their hand-held devices and computers,” Quash stated.

“Wherever they are, they have an invitation to read the biblical text through the attractiveness of visual imagery. That for us is a big motivation. We can reach people who probably wouldn’t otherwise be reading the Bible and also enriching people who have a great relationship with the Bible already by giving them new ways to explore, new ways to relate to it.”

As the exhibitions are composed by various authors, Quash maintains that he and his King’s colleagues maintain a very high level of standard.

“Although we want to reach a very wide public, nevertheless it is a scholarly project,” Quash, who heads the first master’s program in the world that is a joint enterprise between a theology school and a major international art gallery , said.

“Those who write for it have to write for a non-specialist audience. We expect them to do their homework and go and read about the Bible passage and read about the way it has been interpreted historically and read about the works of art that they want to use. They don’t just go throwing out their opinions but actually ground them in detailed research. It will be a more enduring resource as a result of that.”

Quash said that the biggest challenge the project faces is getting artwork and writers from outside of North America and Europe. The project does already include a few pieces of art from Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

“It is very important to me that we have art and people writing from beyond the Western world,” Quash stressed.

Quash also aspires to have the VCS available in several world languages, including Chinese.

He is also hopeful the VCS will be used an educational resource in schools and colleges throughout the world.

“Someone might give it as a class assignment and tell their students: ‘Go and look at this art. It has been arranged on the VCS site and your project is to go and do your own exhibition,’” Quash imagined. “That will get them thinking about the text and visual art in relation to the text.”

According to Quash, the project was partly inspired by the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, a multi-volume book set in which the biblical text is surrounded by classical commentary from early church theologians.

“The idea was to get people to realize the depth of the commentary tradition in the early centuries of Christianity and give them an opportunity to read the Bible in the company of the great early church theologians,” Quash said.

“Instead of textual commentary gathered around the Bible passages, what we did was works of art that people selected how the texts interact with the works of art. In a way, the nearest model we have is this Ancient Christian Commentary. But it takes a big step beyond that by going into the visual realm.”

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കുവൈത്ത് സിറ്റി : പാക്കിസ്ഥാൻ ഉൾപ്പെടെ 7 രാജ്യക്കാർക്ക് കുവൈത്ത് ഏർപ്പെടുത്തിയിരുന്ന കുടുംബ, സന്ദർശക വീസ വിലക്ക് നീക്കി. സിറിയ, യെമൻ, അഫ്ഗാനിസ്ഥാൻ, ഇറാഖ്, ഇറാൻ, സുഡാൻ എന്നിവയാണ് മറ്റു രാജ്യങ്ങൾ. ഇന്നു മുതൽ ഈ രാജ്യക്കാരുടെ വീസ അപേക്ഷ സ്വീകരിക്കും. വിവിധ കാരണങ്ങളാൽ 2 വർഷം മുൻപ് നിർത്തിവച്ചിരുന്ന ഫാമിലി വിസിറ്റ് വീസകൾ കഴിഞ്ഞ മാസം ഭാഗികമായി പുനരാരംഭിച്ചിരുന്നു.
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ലാഗോസ്: സൗജന്യ ബൈബിൾ വിതരണ യജ്ഞത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി നൈജീരിയയിലെ ബൈബിൾ സൊസൈറ്റി കഴിഞ്ഞ വര്‍ഷം വിതരണം ചെയ്തത് 21.7 ദശലക്ഷം നൈജീരിയന്‍ നൈറയുടെ ബൈബിളുകള്‍. ജയിൽ തടവുകാര്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെടെയുള്ളവര്‍ക്കു ബൈബിളുകള്‍ എത്തിച്ചതായി അധികൃതര്‍ പറയുന്നു. അന്ധരായവര്‍ക്ക് വേണ്ടി നൂറ്റിയന്‍പതോളം ബ്രെയിലി ബൈബിളുകളും ബൈബിൾ സൊസൈറ്റി വിതരണം ചെയ്തിരിന്നു. 2022-ൽ വിതരണം ചെയ്ത ബൈബിളുകളെക്കാള്‍ 30% വർദ്ധനവാണ് 2023-ല്‍ ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കുന്നതെന്നാണ് കണക്കുകള്‍. സൗജന്യ ബൈബിൾ വിതരണത്തിലൂടെയും മറ്റ് പരിപാടികളിലൂടെയും, ദൈവവചനം അനേകര്‍ക്ക് ലഭ്യമാക്കാന്‍ വിവിധ പദ്ധതികള്‍ ആവിഷ്ക്കരിച്ചു വരികയാണെന്നും നൈജീരിയയിലെ ബൈബിൾ സൊസൈറ്റി വ്യക്തമാക്കി.

പോർച്ചുഗലിൽ നിന്നുള്ള അഗസ്തീനിയൻ, കപ്പൂച്ചിൻ സന്യാസിമാർ വഴി പതിനഞ്ചാം നൂറ്റാണ്ടിലാണ് നൈജീരിയയിലേക്ക് ക്രിസ്തീയ വിശ്വാസമെത്തുന്നത്. രാജ്യത്തെ ക്രൈസ്തവരില്‍ മൂന്നിൽ രണ്ടും പ്രൊട്ടസ്റ്റന്‍റ് വിഭാഗമാണ്. 88.4 മില്യണ്‍ ക്രൈസ്തവരാണ് നൈജീരിയയില്‍ ജീവിക്കുന്നത്. അമേരിക്ക ആസ്ഥാനമായ ഗവേഷണ ഏജന്‍സിയായ പ്യൂ റിസർച്ച് സെന്ററിന്റെ കണക്കുകള്‍ പ്രകാരം ആഫ്രിക്കയിലെ ഏറ്റവും അധികം ക്രൈസ്തവരുള്ളത് നൈജീരിയയിലാണ്. നൈജീരിയയിലെ തെക്കൻ, മധ്യ മേഖലകളിലെ ക്രൈസ്തവര്‍ തിങ്ങിപാര്‍ക്കുന്നത്. അതേസമയം ഇസ്ലാമിക തീവ്രവാദികളുടെ എണ്ണം വലിയ തോതില്‍ വര്‍ദ്ധിച്ചതോടെ ക്രൈസ്തവര്‍ കനത്ത ഭീഷണിയാണ് നേരിടുന്നത്. ക്രൈസ്തവര്‍ക്ക് നേരെയുള്ള അതിക്രമങ്ങളും കൊലപാതകങ്ങളും പതിവ് സംഭവങ്ങളായി രാജ്യത്തു മാറിയിരിക്കുകയാണ്.
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Greg Laurie’s Powerful Message About Prayer, Jesus, and the ‘Last Days’: ‘Conflicts, War, Turmoil, Terrorism’

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When it comes to evangelism, Pastor Greg Laurie has seen — and done — it all.

From packed-out stadiums to his popular weekly services at Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, Laurie has been at the forefront of evangelistic tides and cultural movements.

That’s why his response when asked what most concerns him about today’s chaotic culture is so important and worthy of contemplating.

“Everything’s moving the wrong direction, and social media is like gasoline that’s been poured on top of it,” Laurie recently told CBN News. “You hear all this bad news around the world — the conflicts, the war, the turmoil, the terrorism, the crime rising in our streets, and on it goes.”

He continued, “And Jesus said, ‘When you see these things beginning … look up for your redemption is drawing near.’”

Laurie encouraged people to “look up” and turn to God amid the chaotic mixture of events. Over the decades, his work has focused on helping people do just that, trading lives focused on the self for a vertical existence that looks to Jesus as the baseline for morality and truth.

“I want to do everything I can to bring the message of the Gospel into our culture,” he said. “We do need another spiritual awakening. The last spiritual awakening, known as the Jesus movement … really changed the course of our nation. Everything was going the wrong direction back then.”

Laurie encouraged people to “pray for another [revival] desperately.” He said the Jesus movement, a time when he found Jesus, very much mirrored the cultural chaos we’re embroiled in today.

Despite all of the negative trends persisting, Laurie praised some of the recent spiritual developments, including last year’s Asbury revival, a days-long worship service that made headlines around the globe.

He also presided over a mass baptism last summer that saw around 4,500 people be immersed — quite possibly the biggest baptism in U.S. — if not world — history.

“I see these little things happening like our baptism, what happened at Asbury campus … and I’m praying that they will increase and it will become a spiritual downpour,” Laurie said. “God does promise in the last days to pour his spirit out on all flesh, and so we’re praying that happens again.”
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